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Bet you didn’t hear this on the CBS Evening News.  Or even on CNN.

From the NRA-ILA:

In the waning hours of the Maryland legislature Monday night, the House of Delegates passed Senate Bill 736. Sponsored by state Senator Edward Reilly (R-33), SB 736 will eliminate the unnecessary database and failed ballistic fingerprint system from state law.

This pro-gun bill will remove an unnecessary burden from firearm manufacturers who are required to continue sending shell cases to a program that has been unfunded for years.

The governor approved that bill on May 12.  It passed unanimously in one chamber and with only two votes opposed in the other.  In other words, it’s been a disaster.  Even the gun haters hated the program, quietly citing it as a failure.

Let’s get into our “way back” machine and read about said failed scheme.

Md 1st To Adopt Bullet ID System
Friday, Sept. 29, 2000

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Washington Post) –– Beginning on Sunday, with every new handgun sold in Maryland, the manufacturer will have to give state police a spent shell casing carrying the weapon’s ballistic fingerprint.

Under the law – the first of its kind in the nation – the unique markings on the casing will then be entered into a database. When detectives find a bullet casing at a crime scene, they can go to the computer and instantly identify the gun it came from.

“Countless hours of investigative work can now be eliminated from the process of identifying the crime gun and who may have been in possession of it,” State Police Superintendent David Mitchell said.

A similar New York state law takes effect March 1.


Here’s what Michael Bloomberg’s “Bloomberg Business” had to say about the failed, flawed program in 2002:

Ballistics Fingerprinting: A Lifesaver

By Lorraine Woellert

Now that police have arrested two men in connection with the Beltway sniper case, the encouraging news doesn’t stop there. In investigating this horrible shooting spree, police made good use of an important tool: The tell-tale scratches left on a bullet as it’s fired from a gun barrel. These marks can help trace weapons used in crimes, providing crucial clues for law enforcement. This is known as ballistics fingerprinting. It works, and it should now be adopted on a national scale.

…Ballistic fingerprinting isn’t about civil liberties, nor is it about money. It’s about fighting crime and saving lives.

In reality, those marks had nothing to do with solving that case.  Nor has it solved cases in Maryland.

Why does anyone listen to gun control advocates?   They have been wrong about everything since the beginning of time in their carping for gun control.  In reality, they are all about people control, not gun control.




9 thoughts on “OUT WITH A WHIMPER: Maryland ends its failed “ballistic imaging” scheme”
  1. I’ve never heard about unique markings left on a shell casing that would identify the gun it came from, only the rifling marks on the bullet itself.
    Is this really true?

    I guess maybe I’ll just have to start using a revolver….

  2. Why does anyone listen to most all Socialists/Democrats? I guess it is because what they propose sounds so good, costs those who listen nothing, but never work. Those who listen to such drivel never hear the end result of the programs and legislation the Dems pursue, that they fail EVERYTIME. But who cares, it cost their listeners nothing. Many of them pay no taxes, but only soak up the taxes of hardworking Americans. I know what I am saying is a generalization and stereotyping, but it is true way too much of the time.

    1. I understand the primer picks up the tool marks of the breech face. I believe each breech face is unique.

  3. Why do only 25% of respondents trust Hillary Clinton while over 50% would still vote for her?

    1. Cause you can’t fix stupid?

      Remember, half of the population is dumber than average.

  4. You’re right. I had no idea they got rid of it.

    It’s no wonder the lamestream media would like to forget out their failures and their lies.

    Sort of like the environmentalists and their failed predictions of doom and gloom if we fail to act.

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